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Tsoureki French Toast
It's tsoureki season! For those of you who aren't familiar with it, tsoureki is a sweet bread made with eggs and butter - a kind of Greek brioche, if you will. It's usually made for Easter, but I've seen it made for New Year's Day, too.
As if it wasn't enough to enjoy this soft, sweet challah-like holiday bread as-is or toasted with butter, did you know you can make French toast with it?
It couldn't be easier; you do exactly what you would do for regular French toast. But what a nice, subtle change of pace! Stock up on tsoureki this season and give it a try!
I used a wonderful Greek honey from Ikaria - the "island where people forget to die", as it's known due to the longevity of it's residents - as a more culturally authentic substitute for the maple syrup you might normally use on French toast. Any honey will do, but of course Greek is best! Put some in a small microwave-safe bowl for 20-30 seconds so it liquefies and is easy to pour.
I used tsoureki that I had frozen and thawed, and it worked just fine. Freezing the bread is a great idea for when you want some but it's no longer available at your local Greek market.
Of course, if you're one of those clever folks who makes their own tsoureki, you can have it whenever you like.
(Also I'm super impressed by you.)
TSOUREKI FRENCH TOAST
4 slices tsoureki
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional; I always add a touch to the eggs for any French toast dish)
warmed honey to taste
blueberries or other fruit of choice
1. Beat the eggs and vanilla extract together and pour into a bowl that's large and flat-bottomed enough to accommodate the slices of bread. Push the slices into the egg mixture so that they really get a good soak.
2. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in a large pan and put on medium heat.
3. When the oil is heated up (a couple of minutes - make sure it doesn't smoke), carefully put the slices of soaked bread in the pan.
4. Let cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, checking to make sure it's not getting too dark. You want that nice golden French toast color. When you reach that, flip the bread over and do the same on the other side.
5. When both sides are golden, plate all the slices, drizzle with warm honey and top however you'd like.
Καλή όρεξη! (Bon appetite!)
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